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    The Jolly Oyster, Smorgasburg Los Angeles

    Smorgasburg LA

    During my last trip back home to LA, I was finally able to check off Smorgasburg LA from my list of things to do. For those of you who are not from LA, you may be wondering what this is. Well, every Sunday Smorgasburg LA turns an empty parking lot into the place to be by bringing together an array of amazing food vendors and fun shops. But, let’s be honest, I was mainly there for the food. And while it was overwhelming to be surrounded  by so many options, I did manage to do my fair share of eating and was extremely satisfied with my picks. Keep on reading for a few of my recommendations.

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    Food & DIY, Travel

    Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Los Angeles

    Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

    111 S Ave 59

    Los Angeles, CA 90042

    Open Daily, 8AM-3PM


    I’m not the type of person to fall victim to crazes, especially when it comes to trends in food. After all, it took me years to finally bite into a macaron and discover how truly delicious they are. However, I knew that I had to make my way over to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the creators of the cruffin, when I started seeing photos of their awesome new Los Angeles location pop up on my social media feeds.  Who could say no to a place that advertises butter and is adorned in gold and pink? Not this lady, that’s for sure!

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    Food & DIY

    Phyllo Dough Flat Bread


    Today I’m sharing with you one of my go-to recipes: phyllo dough flat bread. I started making flat bread when I first moved out on my own and I needed to prepare meals that were fast and easy, and that could serve as leftovers for work. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really easy to make. You can even prepare it in advance and just pop it in the oven right before mealtime. It can also serve as an appetizer at your next party. Although you can pick any of your favorite toppings to put on your flat bread, I am suggesting some of my favorite combinations in this post. One of my favorite appetizers is bacon-wrapped dates, so it only seemed natural to use those two ingredients as a topping in one of these flatbread recipes. I also love Greek salads, so I decided to combine some of the ingredients in my second flat bread. But as I said, the possibilities are endless. This recipe is also great with a side salad if you’re worried about getting in your daily serving of veggies. I know that I’m definitely trying to pay more attention to that these days. Haha!




    (Each flat bread makes 4-6 servings)
    (Makes 1 crust)
    10-12 Phyllo dough sheets
    1/2 cup of Olive Oil
    1/2 cup of Pasta Sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara)
    8 oz herbed goat cheese
    3-5 chopped dates
    1 cup of chopped bacon
    Sliced onions (to taste)
    1 and 1/2 cups of crumbled Feta cheese
    1/2 cup of chopped basil
    1 cup of chopped tomatoes
    1 cup of chopped Kalamata olives
    Sliced onions (to taste)
    Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, lay down a baking sheet or piece of aluminum on a tray, and lightly grease it with olive oil to ensure that the phyllo dough sheets don’t stick. To make your crust, start off by laying down a phyllo dough sheet over the aluminum or baking sheet. Use a brush or a paper napkin to rub olive oil over the sheet before you lay down the next, and repeat this until you’ve laid down all 10-12 sheets. Once you have your crust, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over it, and then evenly spread your toppings over the crust. Finally, bake the flat breads for 45-50 minutes and serve.


    I hope that you all had a great weekend. I spent most of mine in my loungewear, baking and studying. I don’t think that I have to say that my weekend wasn’t too exciting! I’m just trying to get through this month, take the GRE, and then have time to enjoy the holidays.
    Also, I’m sorry if I have been slow responding to comments. Your opinions and questions are very valuable to me! As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m trying to take a step back from blogging for a while, in order to make time for studying and self-care. However, I don’t want to completely ignore this blog since I really enjoy working on it and interacting with all of you. Nevertheless, I should be able to be more active here by the end of the month, once I’ve taken the GRE.
    Helen Grace